Phantom islands on ancient maps dismissed as mirages, myths, or mistakes
1539 map of Thule (Tile) that shows a monster and whales. ( Wikimedia Commons image )
Experts maintain that reports of phantom islands can be attributed to many different factors. Some are purely mythical, while others arose through navigational errors, misidentification of icebergs, mislocation of actual islands, fog banks, or mirages. Others may have once existed but were later destroyed by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, or underwater landslides.
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By Mark Miller